|Date||1 Mar 2018|
The European eel (Anguilla anguilla L.) represents an economically very important species in the whole world where it occurs, as well as in Montenegro. Adults are fished throughout the year, except for adults, glass eels are also fished, which are considered to be exceptional delicacies. European eel numbers have dropped as much as 99% since the early eighties of previous century. Due to excessive overfishing it has become critically endangered species to the whole world. Considering that in Montenegro the most present number of eels inhabit the Skadar Lake and River Crnojevica its preservation would improve the quality and diversity of populations that inhabit those three for our country ecologically important and necessary habitats.
We want to do more detailed and precise research for better understanding of the biology of this species, and the data we collect will serve as a basis for future work on its preservation and research. We are planning to organize a round table and workshops in order to achieve cooperation with the National Park Skadar Lake, fishing companies and other related non-governmental organizations to work together to raise awareness about the importance of preserving the eel as a critically endangered species.
Also with this project we want to make an estimate of the entry and exit of glass eels in the migration period and thus we will gain a better insight and relevant information on the number of this critically endangered specie, and in this way we will make the basis that is necessary for further work on the preservation of this globally endangered species. What will also be planned for achieving with this project are also educational workshops in schools where young generations will be introduced in advance with our natural habitat inhabited by this species, and then with its significance. Although the eel is on the list of critically endangered species, this status has not helped us much to protect it, because its overfishing still continues, so this project primary would lead to the reduction of overfishing to the bottom of the border by trying to influence in the possibility of changing the current law on fisheries in Montenegro, which would enable the renewal of the eel population in both Montenegro and the wider region.
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